Rowena started as a lecturer in Microbiology and Infectious Disease in the College of Medicine at Swansea University in 2017. Prior to this she worked as a lecturer on the Biomedical Sciences courses at Cardiff Metropolitan University (2013-2017).

Her research team are focused on the effect of novel antimicrobial agents on pathogenic bacteria found in clinical infections, particularly chronic infections such as those seen in diabetic foot ulcers and cystic fibrosis lungs infection, and the impact on the microbiome within those conditions. Rowena also has an interest in the potential for natural antimicrobial agents to improve the efficacy of conventional antibiotics against antibiotic resistant bacteria and biofilms.

She has developed several collaborative partnerships which allow the research to address clinical challenges, with partners such as NEEM Biotech Ltd, Nottingham University Veterinary School, Loughborough Chemical Engineering department and Cardiff and Vale and Cwm Taff Health Boards.

Rowena is the Editor for Microbiology Today and a member of the Microbiology Society Communications Committee.  She is also the secretary for the South Wales branch of the Royal Society of Biology. 

Rowena is based in the ILS1 building, in room 138

 

Areas of Expertise

 

Microbiology

 

Novel antimicrobial agents

 

Biofilm

 

Antimicrobial resistance

 

Virulence

 

Imaging

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Microbiology
  • Biofilm
  • AMR
  • manuka

Publications

  1. & Honey is potentially effective in the treatment of atopic dermatitis: Clinical and mechanistic studies. Immunity, Inflammation and Disease 5(2), 190-199.
  2. & Proteomic and genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) exposed to manuka honey in vitro demonstrated down-regulation of virulence markers. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 69(3), 603-615.
  3. & Antimicrobial activity of Manuka honey against antibiotic-resistant strains of the cell wall-free bacteriaUreaplasma parvumandUreaplasma urealyticum. Letters in Applied Microbiology 64(3), 198-202.
  4. & The intracellular effects of manuka honey on Staphylococcus aureus. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases 29(1), 45-50.
  5. & The effect of manuka honey on the structure of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases 30(2), 167-171.

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Teaching

  • PM-004 Fundamentals of Microbiology & Disease

    This module will provide the student with an overview of the fundamentals of microbiology, its causative role in human disease and the intervention of antimicrobials and antibiotics. The role of immunity and its role in human defence against disease will also be introduced in this module, and how this may be modulated in response to pathogens. Lectures will be accompanied by a practical session in microbiological techniques and an essay with academic support. Mae'r modiwl yma yn rhoi trosolwg i fyfyrwyr o hanfodion mewn microbioleg, ei rôl achosol mewn afiechydon dynol ac ymyrraeth gwrthficrobaidd a gwrthfiotig. Caiff rôl imiwnedd a'i rôl mewn amddiffyn dyn yn erbyn afiechydon, a sut mae'n addasu mewn ymateb i bathogenau ei gyflwyno hefyd yn y modiwl yma. Caiff y darlithoedd eu cyfeilio gan sesiynau ymarferol mewn technegau microbiolegol a traethawd efo cefnogaeth academaidd.

Supervision

  • The effects of NX-AS-401 on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Thomas Wilkinson
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowena Jenkins